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I am a retired CPA that has done tutoring/mentoring for many years. I first saw that I had a desire to teach when I attended college. I tutored accounting to other undergraduate students, then I was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Finance when I graduated and started my Masters Degree work. I continued to teach as a Teaching Fellow throughout my graduate school years. Upon receiving my M.B. A. I joined an international accounting and auditing firm,, became a CPA and taught in the Firm's professional education programs internationally. I rose to the level of a Principal in the Firm and lead instructor for professional staff and clients. In the evenings I also taught at the university level at the University of Maryland, College Park (where I was rated as the #2 Best Instructor in the business school), and Marymount University - I taught at these schools for over 15 years as an adjunct professor.
My style of teaching is very participative, i.e. I engage the student in the learning process by eliciting the thoughts and feelings of the student. We each have our own cognitive style mapping, i.e. we each have our own way of receiving and processing information. I try to determine what each student's style is so that I can best get into the student's "learning channel", i.e the channel of communication that allows the student to hear, listen and understand what is being said in the lesson before us. I try to make the student comfortable in his/her own learning mode. Forced, pressured tutoring/teaching is not effective. It is short lived and painful to the student. I strive for a relaxed learning atmosphere where the student wants to learn and is receptive to what is being told to them. This kind of learning is long lasting and pleasant. I believe learning is a time that should motivate the student to go deeper into a subject and learn all that can be learned about it. Learning is an "experience" that should be a time of joy, motivation and great memories. I had a great time learning throughout my life because I had great teachers, at home and in school. I would like others to have those same great experiences and memories as they learn throughout their life time.
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